Vitamin D Deficient Children have Higher Risk of Severe Forearm Fractures

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 General News
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Using Endocrine Society guidelines, 21 percent of patients were vitamin D deficient (25(OH)D < 20 ng/ml) and 49 percent had vitamin D insufficiency (25(OH)D: 21 - 29 ng/ml). There was a dramatic difference in incidence rates of vitamin D deficiency between
those treated surgically (50 percent) compared to those in the non-operative group (17 percent). Being vitamin D deficient was also associated with a greater risk of needing operative management (28.6 percent versus 7.6 percent non-operative). Being
overweight/obese and nonwhite increased the likelihood of vitamin D deficiency. Seventy-five percent of children in the operative group were obese or overweight, compared to only 32 percent of children in the non-operative group. Patients requiring operative management were older than 10 years of age and had greater BMI than patients not requiring surgery.


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